Bicycle Maintenance – Keep Your Bike In Top Shape

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It is recommended that you get your bicycle serviced regularly, for the condition of your bike and your safety while cycling.

We offer great bicycle maintenance services for example you can get a full bike service for €30 as follows:

Full Service – €30

  • Pump Wheels
  • Disconnect all Cables
  • Oil all Cables
  • Check:
    • Wear on Chain, Block and Chain Wheel
    • Wear on Brake Pads
    • Wear on Rims of Each Wheel
    • Heat Set
    • Bottom Bracket
    • Wear on Tyres
  • Tighten Bicycle Parts
    • Every Bolt on Bike
    • Pedals
    • Cranks
  • Adjust the Bike Gears to ensure they are running smooth
  • Through Wheels

Bicycle Maintenance Services

To see a full list of bike maintenance services click here. If you would like to book a bicycle service then please contact us.

If you live in any of the following areas we are convenient for your bicycle service, Fairview, Clontarf, Marino, Drumcondra, Killester, Glasnevin, Whitehall, Beaumont, Artane, Coolock, Raheny and Glasnevin.

 

How to Lock a Bike Correctly

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Many people make it easy for criminals to steal their bikes, because they dont know how to lock a bike correctly. They practically put a sign on it that says TAKE ME. There are a number of steps you should take to properly secure your bike, and with the help of the team from Kryptonite Locks we will outline them in this article.
Firstly, the rule of thumb for buying a lock is to spend ten per cent of the value of the bike. If it cost 100 euro, spend ten euro on the lock, if it cost 1000, you would need a higher quality lock to secure it from a more determined thief.
The amount of money you spend on the lock also depends on where you are locking it. If you are mainly using it for recreational purposes and locking the bike at home, you could spend less than if you regularly lock the bike in the city.

So, lets get to the detail. This is the correct way to secure your bike:

  1. Place your bike against an immovable object such as a railing, long pole, or a designated bike locking area with the chain facing out.
  2. Remove the front wheel if possible and place it by the rear wheel.
  3. Place the shackle through the rear wheel, front wheel and frame, fill up as much of the shackle as possible. (see Fig 1)
  4. If you are not too mechanically minded and the thoughts of removing the front wheel and replacing it safely after locking your bike is a bit daunting, you can use a secondary cable (see Fig 2) that has two loops on the end to attach to the shackle. A good idea is to have any quick release mechanisms removed at the time of sale with an Allen key or security skewer to make the removal of the wheels more difficult for a potential thief.
  5. Depending on where the bike is to be parked, a secondary shackle can be used to lock the front wheel and downtube to the same immoveable object as the rear of the bike.

Bike locking Dos and Donts:

  • DO: Lock your bike whenever you leave it unattended. Many bikes have been stolen when running into the local shop for a minute. Lock your bike at home even if it is in a locked garden shed or garage. I have heard of a bike being stolen from a second floor apartment so always lock it.
  • DO: If you are out and about and locking your bike, think of what the area will be like when it is dark. This is especially true in the winter time, when there are less daylight hours. Is the area well lit when shops or offices are closed and what about street lighting?
  • DON’T: Try not to lock your bike in the same place. Thieves might notice a good brand of bike and target it.
  • DO: Make sure the immoveable object is just that. The railing you are locking your bike to must be secure. The pole you might lock your bike to may be secure on the ground, but is it possible for the thief to lift it over the pole? Check for this.
  • DON’T: Never lock your saddle pillar or stem to an immoveable object. A quick turn of an Allen key or spanner will have the saddle pillar or stem quickly removed, and replaced, and the thief will walk away with your bike.

Essential Tips for Maintaining your Bike

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This service is a tuning up of the brakes and gears as they loosen up a little due to cable stretch. This is an essential service which is not to be left for more than 6 weeks. After the 6 weeks it is NOT a free of charge service.

Do you get annoyed when someone rides past you with loud rattling and squeaking sound coming from the chain and sprockets? Maybe the sound is coming from your bike? That is the not-so-sweet sound of metal rubbing against metal and grime and mud, because all lubrication has long since worn off. That is a really good way to go, if you want to shorten the life expectancy of your chain and sprockets.

It is not cheap to replace them, so save yourself some money by regularly cleaning and lubricating the drivetrain.

The most important thing, or at least in the top three, that have an effect on the quality of your bike ride is tire pressure. If the pressure is too low you have to work a lot more to keep the same speed than with proper high pressure. And you will get flats more easily, especially when hitting a curb hard. One of the most essential must-have tools you should own is a quality floor pump with pressure gauge. Check the suggested pressure from the side of your tires. The rear tire should have more pressure as it is taking more of the riders weight than the front. Make sure you check your tire pressure at least once every two weeks.

If you’re not going to ride your bike for a long time, like six months or a couple of years, try to remember to keep the tires inflated even during the pause. If this is not possible, take the tires off completely. By doing this you prevent cracks on the sides of the tires.

Keep all the screws, bolts and nuts in your bike where they belong by checking regularly if they are loose. It is annoying if you loose the screw holding your mudguards in place and having to listen that rattling and banging sound all the way home. Note that with some of the newer bikes the parts have the maximum torque limit written on them and you can buy tools that apply only a specified amount of torque.

If you like to drive fast , you’d better make sure you stop effectively when needed. If you have to pull the brake lever until it touches the handlebar and still almost nothing happens, you have to adjust the brake pads closer to the rim (or your disc).

You can do this by tightening the adjusting barrel (if your brakes have one) in the brake lever or the brake arm end. Tightening the screw moves the pads closer to the rim (or disc). You may also need to unscrew the bolt holding the wire, tighten the wire and then screw the bolt back on. Before tightening the bolt again, twist the adjuster holding the wire and the wire housing to the loosest setting. This way you have more room to adjust the brakes.

It is also important to keep both the pads and the braking surface clean from dirt and oil. Dirty pads wear out themselves and the braking surface substantially faster.

 

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